FERNANDA NORONHA’S BIOGRAPHY
Fernanda Noronha is a Brazilian singer-songwriter whose first album “Fernanda Noronha” was recorded under the You Music Records label in April 2005 in Brazil, produced by Norman Connors and Duke Jones and released in 2014 in USA. The album featured 13 songs, all authored by Fernanda Noronha. The Executive Producer was Clarence O. Smith (co-founder of Essence Magazine). The album was recorded in both, Portuguese and English, but only released in Portuguese. The English track version of the album had the famous singer Jean Carne as record/vocal producer.
The main track of this album titled “Um Dia Desses” (One of These Days) also shot on video had considerable radio airplay in Brazil. The video was directed by Pico Garcez and filmed in Bahia, Brazil, and played for many weeks on MTV Brazil.
Born in Salvador- BA, Brazil, Fernanda Noronha began singing at the age of 11 at religious events and church choir. By sixteen she decided to become a professional musician and played with many groups and bands in order to gain experience. She sang in pubs, restaurants, hotels, casinos and big events and music festivals in Brazil and Portugal. Her songs reveal many music influences like, Bossa Nova, Samba, Soul, Afro Brazilian Beats and Jazz.
Her passion for Jazz had a huge influence in her musical development. She cites in particular the music of Sarah Vaughan and Stevie Wonder, as well as Brazilians João Gilberto, Djavan, Rosa Passos, Gilberto Gil and Leny Andrade, as her major influences.
Performing on stage accompanied by singer/guitarist Jair Luz helped her explore the huge Brazilian jazz repertoire and gave her the opportunity to play small local events at national festivals in Brazil and Portugal.
Fernanda relocated to the United States in the summer of 2011 and calls Atlanta, GA, “home”. Since moving to Atlanta, she has had the chance to sing in many music festivals and private events like “Brazilian Country Festival” (TX, 2019), “Houston Brazilian Carnaval” (TX, 2019), “Bridgefest” (GA, 2018), “Atlanta Jazz Festival” (GA, 2015), “Riverdalle Seafood & Music Festival” (GA, 2014), “Oakhurst Jazz Festival” (GA, 2014) e “Brazilian Day Festival” (GA, 2013/2014), emphasizing her creations and the rescue of beautiful songs of the Brazilian Music Collection.
Her debut album, released in 2014, is listed by the Brazilian International Press Awards, as one of the top five albums by a new artist.
Her last EP was released in December 2015 under Tribo Records in association with Ropeadope Records. The album features four songs of her authorship, and produced by Khari Simmons Cabral, Julius Speed and Darren Benjamin. The CD includes the participation/collaboration of talented musicians, Rafael Pereira, Julius Speed and Khari Simmons Cabral as well, among other talented musicians. The touring in support of this album started in Georgia, Florida, New York, Russia and includes traveling to Europe scheduled for the second semester of 2017.
Winner of the 2017 “Brazilian International Press Award” for “Best Show of the year in 2017” and winner of the 2018 and 2015 “Best Female Singer Residing in the United States in 2015”, Fernanda is considered, by her producers and by the public, one of the best Brazilian vocalist and performer in Atlanta for the last five years in a row. Also, she received the “Notable Individual Award 2015" in the category "Artist", presented by Mundo Hispánico Newspaper, the largest Newspaper of the Latin Community in Georgia and she is the first Brazilian artist to receive this award. She also received the “Notable Individual in USA Award " in 2015 and 2018 in the category "Artist", presented by Brazilian Times Journal and Brazilian Community Heritage Foundation, the largest Newspaper of the Brazilian Community in USA and the “Portuguese Brazilian Awards 2016” presented by Brazilian Portuguese Community and Radar Vip Magazine for “Notable Individual in the Brazilian Community in The United States”.
In 2018, Focus Brazil Foundation (Florida, USA) honored Fernanda with the recognition of International Ambassador for Brazilian Arts & Culture. In 2019, Fernanda was honored with two more important recognitions: she received the “Héroe de la Cultura” (Culture’s hero) award by Telemundo Atlanta (GA), one of the most popular TV Channels in the Latino Community in the United States and she was honored as “Commander” of Bahia State by The Legislative Assembly of Bahia (ALBA), the highest award given by the Legislative Assembly, dedicated to citizens who render services considered relevant to the state of Bahia.
With more than 500 songs in her repertoire, the singer has been showcasing her own repertoire, Brazilian classics and international hits, with new arrangements and beautiful interpretations, in several cities in the United States as well as in Brazil, Russia and Belarus.
Fernanda Noronha had a successful debut at the Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 2015. Also she had three sold out shows at the Velvet Note on May 2015, on October 2015 and on April 2016 and she had a successful tour in Europe on March 2016 in support of her last album.
On March 2017 Fernanda continued touring in Russia with her concert “Made in Brazil”, which was released in 2016. This show was recently nominated for the Brazilian International Press Awards USA 2017 (the most prestigious awards for arts and culture bestowed to Brazilians living in the USA) winner in the category “Best Brazilian show in USA”.
Noronha also participated in 2017 in the American bass player Khari Cabral Simmons, with the track 78 & Sunset from the album “Jivas – Heaven & Earth” and recently she was honored with a photo of her in performance at the exhibition “We from Jazz” by famous and prestigious Russian photographer Andrey Safonov.
Recently, in 2020, Fernanda was winner of “BDO Live” (FL, USA) for “Best Brazilian Singer in USA”, singing the song “Num minute só”, song composed by Fernanda Noronha & Peu Pereira.
FERNANDA NORONHA’S AWARDS
2015 – Winner of the Brazilian International Press Award 2015 for “Best Female Singer Residing in USA”, presented by Focus Brasil Foundation (FL) and Globo International Television.
2015 – Winner of “Personaje Destacado” (Notable Individual Award), in the category “Artist”, presented by Mundo Hispánico Newspaper (GA)
2016 – Winner of “Notáveis 2015 USA” (Notable Individual Award 2015), in the category “Artist”, presented by Brazilian Times Journal (NY) and Brazilian Community Heritage Foundation (NY).
2016 – Winner of the “Portuguese Brazilian Awards 2016”, presented by Brazilian Portuguese Community (NY) and Radar Vip Magazine (NY) for “Notable Individual in the Brazilian Community in The United States”.
2016 – Nominated and Finalist for the “Brazilian international Press Award” for “Best Female Singer Residing in USA”, presented by Focus Brasil Foundation (FL) and Globo International Television.
2017 – Winner of the “Brazilian international Press Award 2017” for “Best Brazilian Show”, presented by Focus Brasil Foundation (FL) and Globo International Television.
2018 – Winner of the Brazilian International Press Award 2018 for “Best Female Singer Residing in USA”, presented by Focus Brasil Foundation (FL) and Globo International Television.
2018 – Honored as an International Ambassador for Brazilian Arts & Culture by Focus Brasil Foundation (Florida, USA).
2018 – Winner of “Notáveis 2017 USA” (Notable Individual Award 2017), in the category “Artist”, presented by Brazilian Times Journal (NY) and Brazilian Community Heritage Foundation (NY).
2019 – Honored as “Héroe de La cultura” (Culture’s hero) by Telemundo Atlanta (GA).
2019 – Honored as “Commander” of Bahia State by The Legislative Assembly of Bahia (ALBA) (GA), with the “Comenda 2 de Julho” award.
2020 – Winner of “BDO Live” (FL, USA) for “Best Brazilian Singer in USA”, singing the song “Num minute só”, song composed by Fernanda Noronha & Peu Pereira.